The past week has been a great one. Mr. AC and I took a little trip to Tulsa last week to attend the Michael Buble concert. It was fantastic! We really had a great time. We also went out to dinner at a very nice seafood resturaunt (I love seafood!), and stayed overnight at a Doubletree hotel that was really nice. The girls stayed with my in-laws. They are very generous and helpful people. That was a much-needed respite from the day to day of taking care of four little kiddos and cleaning the house. So, as we were driving to and from Tulsa I was of course crocheting. The project I was working on is one that I thought I would probably self-publish, but I debated quite a bit as to what I wanted to do with it and finally decided to submit it to a magazine. I expect to get an answer within about 2 months time. If they don't decide to use it, I may try submitting it to a yarn company, which would be a first for me. If that doesn't work out, then I will self-publish it.
After the concert we headed back to the hotel and I checked my email on Mr. AC's Blackberry, which his employer provides. I am so envious...I want a smartphone! Maybe sometime soon....Anyway, I was thrilled to find an email from an editor waiting for me. I will have my third magazine project published late this year!!! The yarn for that project arrived today. Waiting for that yarn is always a little like Christmas. I never know what the yarn will be until it arrives, so I always tear into the package with great anticipation. I LOVE the yarn they sent! That's happy, it doesn't always work out that way. So, I started swatching for that project today. One thing that I like about designing is that I get to set the gauge. When you read a pattern it states the gauge and then says "For best results, always check your gauge" and "Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge". Well, when I am the designer, I get to choose whatever hook size I like and that produces the right drape and openness with my own natural gauge, no adjustments necessary! It kind of reminds me of how I felt about naming my kids, the gauge will forever and always be what I make it, whether anyone else likes it or not. How's that for power?!
This brings my total of projects to be published this year to 5. I set a goal early this year to publish 6 this year. What sort of project would you like to see me do for the 6th? Where wold you most like to see it published?
Well, anyway, that's been my crocheting for the past week. What have you been working on?
This is a skirt that I made for Princess. This is not one that I designed. I finished working on some magazine submission swatches and wanted to do something relaxing, fun, and easy. So, I used some leftovers to make this. It is a free pattern from http://www.redheart.com/ called "Too Cute Ruffled Skirt". The pattern calls for more ruffles, but I didn't have enough yarn for more, so I just made one short ruffle at the bottom. The picture on the bottom there is fun, that is a spinning picture. The skirt flattens out into a circle if you lay it on the floor, so it flares out really well when she spins in it, which she loves. She wanted to wear this skirt for 3 days straight after I finished it and I finally insisted that it go in the wash. It is made from Berroco Vintage. I love the feel of Vintage, but it was beginning to fuzz and pill on day 3, so I'm not so impressed with its wearability.
This beautiful 12"x12" block is my entry into the Chain Reaction Project that is being put on by Interweave Crochet. They are having 10 designers design blocks that will be featured 5 at a time in the next 2 issues of the magazine. In the following 2 issues they will feature 10 block designs that are the winners of a contest. This is how it works. Crocheters like me, or you, design blocks, submit a picture and description to the gallery on Crochetme.com. The editors choose their 20 to 30 favorites. Crochetme.com members vote on their favorites of those finalists. The 10 with the most votes win a contract, $100, and their block design will be in the magazine. So, I was not asked to be one of the lucky 10 designers who get to be in the next 2 issues. This is my entry into the contest. It is called "Autumn Interwoven". I especially like the Interwoven part since this is for Interweave Crochet. I really like the pop that the blue gives to the color palette. I really enjoyed making this block. It reminded me of making placemats with woven construction paper strips when I was a kid. Am I the only one who did that? Anway, click here to see my block in the gallery over at Crochetme.com. If you are not a member there, I suggest you check it out. The deadline for entries is not until August, so it will be awhile before I hear anything more about it, but that's pretty typical when dealing with magazines anyway. They plan to put all of the blocks together into an afghan that will be auctioned for charity. They are also encouraging readers to make an afghan including each of the blocks and donate them to charity. Cool project, huh?! Well, I will have more to show you soon, but it is late, so this is it for tonight.